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Marty Regan: Magic Mirror - chamber music for traditional Japanese instruments

Audio Samples

>Regan, Marty : Flamefox, for shakuhachi quartet
>Regan, Marty : Dragoneyes, for shakuhachi, shamisen & koto
>Regan, Marty : In the Night Sky, for shakuhachi, koto & percussion
>Regan, Marty : Magic Mirror, for shamisen, hichiriki, ryuteki, sho, shinobue & shakuhachi
>Regan, Marty : Voyage, for shakuhachi & string quartet
>Regan, Marty : Devil's Bridge, for shamisen & biwa

Album Summary

>Regan, Marty : Flamefox, for shakuhachi quartet
>Regan, Marty : Dragoneyes, for shakuhachi, shamisen & koto
>Regan, Marty : In the Night Sky, for shakuhachi, koto & percussion
>Regan, Marty : Magic Mirror, for shamisen, hichiriki, ryuteki, sho, shinobue & shakuhachi
>Regan, Marty : Voyage, for shakuhachi & string quartet
>Regan, Marty : Devil's Bridge, for shamisen & biwa
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Regan's well-crafted compositions show a serious, almost cautious, respect for the tradition..." (Asian Music Journal). Vol.2 of Regan's series of Selected Works for Japanese Instruments, presents a collection of works composed for traditional Japanese instrumentation. Through the combination of his traditional classical education and studies of Japanese music and culture, Regan explores the cross-cultural exchange between Eastern and Western traditions.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
My favorite work is In the Night Sky (2010) for shakuhachi, koto, and percussion, which perfectly conveys the huge space, solitude, and mystery of the clear night sky. Another strong work, Voyage (2008), combines shakuhachi with string quartet; Regan uses somber, tonal harmonies and anguished solo passages for the flute to memorialize a former student who died in a car accident that year. Once listeners unaccustomed to Japanese instruments overcome the initial novelty of hearing them, they soon can detect that the combinations of timbres are carefully considered and accomplished with a very particular artistic sensibility. The recording sounds detailed and lively.



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Works Details

>Regan, Marty : Flamefox, for shakuhachi quartet
  • Performers: Shozan Tanabe (Shakuhachi); Kenji Yamaguchi (Shakuhachi); Seizan Sakata (Shakuhachi); Ray Jin (Shakuhachi)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Regan, Marty : Dragoneyes, for shakuhachi, shamisen & koto
  • Performers: Erina Matsumura (Koto); Seizan Sakata (Shakuhachi); Tetsuya Nozawa (Shamisen)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2004

>Regan, Marty : In the Night Sky, for shakuhachi, koto & percussion
  • Performers: Kenji Yamaguchi (Shakuhachi); Nobuhiro Wakatsuki (Percussion); Erina Matsumura (Koto)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Regan, Marty : Magic Mirror, for shamisen, hichiriki, ryuteki, sho, shinobue & shakuhachi
  • Performers: Hitomi Nakamura (Hichiriki); Yuka Sawada (Shinobue); Tetsuya Nozawa (Shamisen); Ray Jin (Shakuhachi); Tajima Kazue (Sho)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Regan, Marty : Voyage, for shakuhachi & string quartet
  • Performers: Gen Takeuchi (Violin); Etsuko Hirano (Violin); Shozan Tanabe (Shakuhachi); Saeko Wakiya (Viola); Masabumi Sekiguchi (Cello)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Regan, Marty : Devil's Bridge, for shamisen & biwa
  • Performers: Tetsuya Nozawa (Shamisen); Akiko Sakurai (Biwa)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010